3 Ways to Awaken Energy in the Body

Energy is essential to life, energy gives rise to everything we know, and energy is the force that drives our inspirations to completion. 

I want to enumerate three ways that you can awaken more energy in your life so that you can be more productive and creative. Then I want to enumerate three ways you can avoid awakening energy if you're afraid of actualizing your highest possible abilities.  

Keep in mind, not only will these methods of awakening energy affect your daily life, when applied with enough persistence, they can cause a large untapped reserve of energy to awaken, affecting your life on a profoundly spiritual level. This untapped reserve of energy has been called kundalini.   

Kundalini is an especially powerful energy. If you've never head of kundalini before or want to know why you would want to awaken it, visit my article here.

Here are the three ways to awaken more energy:

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5 States of Consciousness

Consciousness is the quality of being awake and aware of one's mind and surroundings. 

There are five natural states of consciousness. You are undoubtedly already familiar with the first three, but likely unfamiliar with the fourth and fifth.

The important thing to keep in mind is that meditation and mindfulness training teaches us how to be more conscious during the three ordinary states that we are all familiar. When we become more conscious during these ordinary states they transition into the fourth and fifth advanced states.  

The following are the five natural states of consciousness:

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2 Ways to Use a Mantra

I want to give you some suggestions that will help you better understand the mantra and how to use it.

A mantra is a sound, word, or phrase, often having no meaning whatsoever. Your mantra might be "Om," "I am," "So hum," "Om namah shivaya," or any number of different mantras that correspond to various teachers or traditions. For a detailed explanation of four useful mantras, visit my article here. 

Your mantra is a tool, so let’s make sure it’s as sharp as possible.

The first important thing to understand is that mantras fall into two general categories, and one of the categories leads to the next. In other words, the two general categories of mantra present two distinct ways of using them. These are the two ways:

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2 Techniques to Help You Relax

Stress is not necessarily bad. The biographies of great scientists, explorers, artists, and entrepreneurs reveal that times of intense stress are also times of inspiration and creativity, productivity and accomplishment.

Yet stress can nevertheless interfere with the practice of meditation. Meditation itself will help reduce stress, but I want to recommend two techniques that will help you ease into your meditation practice:

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2 Ways to Manage your Thoughts

Thoughts are one of the biggest distractions to a meditation practice. Most people experience thoughts all day long, rarely experience a moment without thoughts. 

Yet quieting the mind is the great aim of any meditation practice.

So the question is this: How do we manage our thoughts such that we quiet our minds?

I want to propose two approaches to managing our thoughts, and you must perform both approaches in tandem, as if each approach occupies a separate end of a scale. 

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3 Steps to Uncover Your Shadow

Uncovering the shadow is one of two approaches that I suggest as ways of acquiring greater self-understanding.

For a description of the other approach to self-understanding, visit my article here. For a description of two categories of self-development beyond self-understanding, visit my article here.

The shadow is the dark side of our psyche, the aspects of ourselves that is disconnected, disowned, rejected, repressed, hidden from ourselves, and often projected onto others.

Our shadow is unconscious, meaning that we are not aware of it. You can think of your shadow as your blind spots, in the same way that trucks have blind spots, parts of the road behind them that are not visible in the mirror.

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2 Ways to Test Your Personality

One of the most important phases of self-development is self-understanding. I consider self-understanding the first of the three major phases of self-development.

These three phases are generalizations, not specific phases that you will find outlined in any psychology book. I have outlined these three phases in an article here. 

One tremendous approach to self-understanding is personality testing. When you take a personality test, you are given a type that describes a certain set of characteristics you possess.

Although the types may have no permanent basis, especially since we are always changing, they are fantastic tools for understanding ourselves, our relationships to others, and our roles in society.

Here are the two major tests:

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2 Directions of Development

I want to take some time to describe two directions for your development. 

To acquire the broadest and deepest possible view of what is possible for our growth as human beings, we must draw upon the all the discoveries and contributions that span from the eastern to western hemisphere of the world and from ancient to modern times in history

This results in an understanding the provides two possible directions for our development:

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4 Poses for Good Meditation Posture

Posture is perhaps the first aspect of your meditation practice that demands consideration, as learning to sit properly is one of the most essential skills of meditation.

A good posture is one that provides a balance between being comfortable and alert, and one that you could easily maintain over an extended period of time. The essence of good posture is the ability to sit upright, not too hunched over.

There exist a variety of poses that enable good posture for the meditator. Here are the four most basic poses:

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5 Brainwaves that Alter Your Brain

Posture is perhaps the first aspect of your meditation practice that demands consideration, as learning to sit properly is one of the most essential skills of meditation.

A good posture is one that provides a balance between being comfortable and alert, and one that you could easily maintain over an extended period of time. The essence of good posture is the ability to sit upright, not too hunched over.

There exist a variety of poses that enable good posture for the meditator. Here are the four most basic poses:

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5 Causes of the Modification of the Mind

The five modifications of the mind are correct knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination, memory, and sleep. For a more detailed description of those, read my article here. 

Now I want to talk about the causes of these modifications of the mind. 

Basically, we have all this “monkey mind” or “mind chatter” going on. What I want to do now is help you understand why this monkey mind and mind chatter takes places.

Here are the five causes for the five modifications of the mind:

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6 Objects of Meditation You Can Try

The way in which someone meditate depends much less on the two different styles —concentration and awareness — and much more on the object upon which someone meditates. 

Therefore, I want to outline the six basic objects of meditation.

Keep in mind that when practicing awareness meditation, you expand your attention to include all six objects at once — or as many of them as you possibly can. When practicing concentration meditation, you isolate your attention to include only one of the six basic objects. 

Here are the six basic objects of meditation:

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3 Energies Essential to Life

The idea that there exists three separate energies within the being is perhaps best articulated by traditional Chinese medicine. 

Traditional Chinese medicine calls these three energies the "three treasures."

The following are the three treasures, and I want to use a candle as an analogy to describe each one of them:

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3 types of breathing

Breathing is such an important and fundamental aspect of what it means to be alive. 

Yet so many people are unaware of their breathing.

Why should you be aware of your breathing? Because breath is the bridge between the body and the mind, and in order to maintain good health and transition into higher stages of spiritual development you must maintain harmony between your body and mind. 

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